Thursday, June 2, 2011

Encounters with Rantwick, episode sixteen: Friends of the Freak

I mentioned in a recent post that I was gonna try my new camera on my helmet, where most would have in the first place. I must admit that I like that perspective best after all and since I edit all the video anyway, "head sweep" is not the problem I thought it would be.

Having had a camera mounted either on my bike or my person for a couple of years now, I was surprised at how much notice the new camera got. I suppose I shouldn't have been... it now sticks up off the top of my helmet in a conspicious, freakish way. London Ontario, while being a good sized city of 300K+, is not a metropolis where something odd surprises no one, and people have been reacting to the camera's presence.

Some people positively glower at me like they wish me dead. I'm not kidding. Those people, however, are not what this post is about, because I don't like them. I like the people who just shout out "hey, is that a camera?"

If I were participating in a bike race (yeah, right) or out on a MTB trail or something, I'm sure the cam would find greater acceptance and understanding. POV cams are for people who want to record their "recreational" exploits after all, right? Well, not always, and the fact that I'm recording others in the public space is interesting and exciting to some and simply pisses off others. I like the people that just shout out their curiosity rather than shooting me suspicious glances. I'm not trying to "catch" anybody doing anything. I swear.

Hey, Let Your Freak Flag Fly!

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GreenComotion said...

It has its benefits. I didn't have a nice camera like you, but I used my OR camera for a while and I too noted that people were curious about it. I don't really care for it when people ask me how much I pay for my stuff, but that's just me! Cool videos, Patrick!!
Peace :)

RANTWICK said...

peace back, man. Thanks for swinging around yet again!

Big Oak said...

That dog trailer on Gord's bike is awesome! There's a guy I've seen on several occasions riding his bike in Fort Wayne with his dog in his handlebar basket. It's a much smaller dog than Gord's.

Whether a camera, a dog, or a piece of lumber, if it's on two wheels, it's all good!

You know, with all the footage you've taken over the past couple years, you've created your own documentary on biking in the early 21st century. Very cool!

RANTWICK said...

Big Oak - Yeah, everything about that thing was top notch, including the trailer. As for documenting cycling, I hope future generations don't think it was all path side fizzy bombs and talking squirrels...

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